It’s finally official: Jimmy Albertson has a new deal in place with Arma Energy and MotoSport.com to contest the 2015 season on a Yamaha. Albertson spent last year with Crossland Racing. Mitchell Oldenburg will contest the 250SX East Region for the team. He will ride the 450 on the West Coast. The new effort is headed by Jimmy Sloan. Below is the official release:
Murrieta, Ca.- Arma Energy/MotoSport.com Yamaha is proud to the announce their 2015 SX TEAM.
Debuting Yamaha’s revised 2015 Yamaha YZ 450F will be #53 “Top Jimmy” Albertson competing in the 450 class, while Mitchell Oldenburg will contest the 250 East Coast series. The #52 of Oldenburg will also race the premier class in certain West Coast rounds aboard the powerful YZ250F.
This all new SX team effort has been spearheaded by Jimmy Sloan, who has partnered with Albertson. Sloan is no stranger to motocross, as he provides the best racing/practice facilities in California since acquiring and reviving Milestone MX and Perris Raceway in recent years. His passion to the sport has put Milestone MX as the premier SX practice track for the hardworking pro privateers as well as upcoming racers. Both tracks cater to all levels/bike size of riding and invite you to visit.
We welcome Arma Energy under new ownership back to the top level of our sport! Arma Energy had gained instant popularity for their unique great tasting energy drinks, and redistribution of product has already begun.
There is mutual excitement with Motosport.com joining forces with the team for 2015, as they have been a major force of support not only for Albertson, but the whole off-road industry. Motosport.com is a leader in online “One Stop Shopping” for your motorcycling and ATV needs, including OEM parts and gear. Fans worldwide have also been enjoying Motosport’s video productions of many aspects of racers’ lives on YouTube. Their additional “Title Support” for several SX teams shows the company’s dedication to “giving back” to the mx community!
Rounding out the title sponsors is Yamaha Motors USA. Yamaha has always been revolutionary in motocross. The original “Monoshock” concept was brought to the public in the 70’s by Yamaha. Doug Henry taking the championship in the nineties on the all new YZ400 four stroke in the midst of decades of two stroke dominance once again raised the bar for the competition. Currently. Yamaha’s superior engine and chassis design of the 250 and 450 four-stroke mx machines will once again have other manufactures eventually succumbing to their industry leading advancements. While Yamaha has history of ground-breaking advances in new technology, they have not forgotten their roots, as they still are one of the few manufactures that allow enthusiasts to enjoy brand new YZ two-strokes in 50, 80, 125, and 250cc models. The 2015 Yamaha contingency has been announced! We are proud to join the “bLU cRU,” and our sponsoring authorized Yamaha dealer “Wheels in Motion.”
The Team: Albertson, a privateer fan favorite competed in fourteen main events last year including a win in a semi event and four LCQ victories in the 450 class. When asked about his new role as a partnered team owner, he responded, “I have assisted in building two start-up teams, and my own program since going pro, so to have the opportunity to join Jimmy Sloan in our own effort is super exciting”.
Mitchell Oldenburg will enter his third year in the pro ranks. He achieved four top-ten 250 SX results in 2014. Albertson recognized his talents and work ethic, and hired the overlooked underdog. Mitchell commented, “To finally be on a team, and not worry about travel and bike problems is such a relief. I am so excited to be part of this team”.
Jim Lewis of Merge Racing Technologies will handle engine and suspension development. Rider mechanics are Gregg Albertson and Taylor Knight. Sloan and Albertson will co-manage marketing responsibilities.